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Marijuana Policy Update - 2016 Election Edition

By David CampOn Oct 31, 2016

It bears repeating - the Great State of Washington, whose citizens are blessed with an abundance of good sense and a robust public initiative process, have in the face of [...]

Voting Recommendations 2016 - and More

By John ServaisOn Oct 25, 2016

Update - Sun, Nov 6 - two additional items. Link to League of Women Voters videos of their candidate and issue forums in October. Oct 15: US Congressional 1st and 2nd, EMS [...]

Erin Jones’ campaign for boss of state schools takes a hit

By Ralph SchwartzOn Sep 02, 2016

Living in a left-leaning state with a top-two primary, liberal voters in Washington sometimes must look for finer shades of distinction between the candidates who make it to the general [...]

Lummi Island Drawbridge

By Tip JohnsonOn Jun 25, 2016

A drawbridge these days is usually a symbol of mutual public cooperation. They rise to let ships pass and close so surface transportation can resume. In days past, it was [...]

Herons or Oil: Which are long term?

By John ServaisOn May 14, 2016

Some folks from Bellingham who read this may also be participating in the kayaking and land protest at the Tesoro oil refinery near Anacortes. It is a coordinated protest with [...]

An Open Letter to U.S. Representative Rick Larsen

By David CampOn Apr 26, 2016

In Washington state we have pioneered, thanks to vigorous and politically-active citizens and a robust citizen initiative process, the re-legalization of cannabis. Voters overwhelmingly approved - 59% yea to 41% nay - [...]

BNSF: A casual approach to railroad safety

By John ServaisOn Apr 04, 2016

The coal train in the photo above is heading north along Bellingham Bay just above Clayton Beach. Notice how it seems to overhang the sandy bluff? That is because the [...]

$15 Minimum Wage - Assured Debt Peonage

By Dick ConoboyOn Apr 04, 2016

California has just followed Oregon in the race to enshrine low wages by forging ahead with a cruelly insufficient $15 minimum wage, not now, but in 6 years! By then, the cost [...]

Making Money on the Plight of Veterans

By Dick ConoboyOn Jan 29, 2016

As a veteran, I am a more than a bit sensitive about those who would profit over the condition of veterans in the US especially since those who send those [...]

Effort to Stop Bakken Oil Trains

By John ServaisOn Oct 24, 2015

Some Whatcom County environmental folks want to help our neighbors in Skagit County fight the expansion of rail traffic to the Shell refinery near Anacortes. Due to early action on [...]

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